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Poster: billymays55 Date: Sep 4, 2012 4:44pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

This was renewed twice by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, what reason would there be for doing this? Maybe for double the protection? Sorta like wearing two condoms in case one breaks?

I've attached renewals for your inspection.

The only difference in the registrations is one has a PWH and one says PCW. Does anybody know what these stand for? Calling Video-Cellar.

Thanks guys,

Billy Mays

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Poster: larus Date: Sep 6, 2012 4:20am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

The meanings of abbreviations and symbols are listed on page ix of the 1974 Catalog of Copyright Entries:

(PCB) proprietor of copyright in a work copyrighted by a corporate body otherwise than as assignee or licensee of the individual author

(PCW) proprietor of copyright in a composite work

(PPW) proprietor of copyright in a posthumous work

(PWH) proprietor of copyright of a work made for hire


Here are definitions from the Copyright Compendium II
1310.03:
Generally, a composite work is an original publication relating to a variety of subjects to which a number of
different authors have contributed distinguishable and separable selections.

1317.04(a) Definition. Generally, a composite work is an original publication relating to a variety of subjects to which a number of different authors have contributed dis­tinguishable and separable selections. Thus, a work by a single author con­sisting of a collection of his writings is not a composite work. Similarly, a work which is the product of joint authorship and common design, or which consists of elements which have been indistinguishably merged into a single entity, cannot be regarded as composite: musical compositions, dramas, dramatico-musical works, and motion pictures.


I've seen MGM file two renewals (one as PCW and one as PWH) for a number of their films. The definition above seems incompatible with PCW status, but MGM could afford the best copyright attorneys money could buy, so they must have had their reasons.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Sep 6, 2012 4:58am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

The general meanings of these acronyms in legal applications are:

PWH = People with a history
PCW = People connected with

It means that the renewal claimant is a different entity to the original claimant but has demonstrated that they are the correct proprietor of the copyright for the renewal period.

As to why they did it twice. There may have been a mistake on the first renewal that was amended with the second and both were submitted in error. The cumulative lists show all registrations and do not include cancellations or amendment details.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2012-09-06 11:58:46

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Poster: billymays55 Date: Sep 5, 2012 12:36pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

@Video-Cellar

What is the difference between PWH and PCW and why is it important?

Thanks,

Billy Mays

This post was modified by billymays55 on 2012-09-05 19:36:22

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Sep 5, 2012 5:45pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

Back on the subject of 1959-1961 UK TV....So can I go ahead and upload them? Or should I just not bother? Sorry for asking again, but I want to make sure.

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Poster: larus Date: Sep 6, 2012 3:20am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

Here's my take in case Video-Cellar doesn't get around to stating his.
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_copyright_law#Broadcast_copyright, a television or radio broadcast made after July 1957 enjoys a 50-year UK copyright term.
As a result, the 1959-1961 shows you mention were still under copyright in the UK on January 1st, 1996. Consequently, they are eligible for US copyright protection under URAA/GATT.

This post was modified by larus on 2012-09-06 10:20:14

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Sep 6, 2012 2:51am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

Thanks for the info.

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Poster: Quigs Date: Sep 4, 2012 11:46pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

Maybe a second Danny Kaye movie coming to IA?
Quigs